Vivian Richards Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Vivian Richards Quick Info
Height5 ft 10 in
Weight83 kg
Date of BirthMarch 7, 1952
Zodiac SignPisces
SpouseMiriam Richards

Vivian Richards is an Antiguan Barbudan commentator, former cricketer, cricket mentor, and TV personality. He is best known for playing for West Indies (1974–1991) internationally and at Test levels. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, also known as the “Bible of Cricket,” declared Vivian the greatest ODI batsman of all time in its annual publication in December 2002. He was also declared the 3rd greatest Test batsman after Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar in the same release of the book.

Born Name

Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Nick Name

Viv, Master Blaster

Vivian Richards in an Instagram post as seen in February 2019
Vivian Richards in an Instagram post as seen in February 2019 (Vivian Richards / Instagram)

Sun Sign

Pisces

Born Place

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

Nationality

Antiguan Barbudan

 

Education

He attended St. John’s Boys Primary School in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

He then received a scholarship to attend Antigua Grammar Secondary School in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Vivian dropped out of school at the age of 18.

Occupation

Former Cricketer, Cricket Mentor, TV Personality, Commentator

Family

  • Father – Malcolm Richards (Former Cricketer, Assistant Governor of the prison)
  • Mother – Gretel Richards (Passed away in 2016)
  • Siblings – Mervyn Richards (Brother) (Cricketer, Footballer), Donald Richards (Brother) (Cricketer). He also has another brother.
  • Others – Liam James Botham (Godson) (Former Cricketer, Rugby Footballer)

Manager

Vivian Richards is represented by The K Faktor (Talent Agent) in Southport, Queensland, Australia.

Batting

Right-Handed

Bowling

Right-Arm Medium/Slow/Off-Break

Role

Batsman

Build

Average

Height

5 ft 10 in or 178 cm

Weight

83 kg or 183 lbs

Vivian Richards (Right) and Virat Kohli as seen in August 2019
Vivian Richards (Right) and Virat Kohli as seen in August 2019 (Vivian Richards / Instagram)

Girlfriend / Spouse

Vivian Richards has dated –

  1. Neena Gupta – In the 1980s, Vivian briefly dated the Indian actress, Neena Gupta. They have a daughter together named Masaba Gupta (b. November 2, 1988) who became a well-known fashion designer and aspiring tennis player.
  2. Miriam Richards – Vivian is married to Miriam Richards. They have 2 kids together, an older daughter Matara Richards who worked at an Antigua and Barbuda consulate in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and 2 years younger son Mali Alexander Richards, who later played first-class cricket, and was a part-owner of an Antiguan art gallery. Vivian also has 2 grandchildren.

Race / Ethnicity

Black

Hair Color

Bald

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Vivian Richards with his dog as seen in May 2019
Vivian Richards with his dog as seen in May 2019 (Vivian Richards / Instagram)

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Tall height
  • Droopy nose
  • Prominent cheekbones

Brand Endorsements

Vivian Richards has endorsed brands such as Slazenger Cricket Bat (1987).

Religion

Christianity

Vivian Richards Favorite Things

  • CricketerVirat Kohli
  • World Cup Moment – West Indies Winning 1975 Cricket World Cup
  • Places To Eat – Food Shacks, Le Bistro French Restaurant in Antigua
  • Food From Food Shacks – Pepperpot, Bull Foot Soup, Steamed Fish, Stewed Fish, Goat Water
  • Food – Black Pineapple, Lobster
  • Cuisine – Caribbean
  • Beaches In Antigua – Fort James, Rendezvous

SourceYouTube, India Today, The Guardian

Vivian Richards as seen in November 2006
Vivian Richards as seen in November 2006 (balhead / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Vivian Richards Facts

  1. His parents were very religious and he described his childhood as wonderful. However, he found going to the church very boring. It wasn’t until later in life that he realized what was said on the pulpit helped him develop important core values.
  2. Vivian sang in the church choir as a kid and enjoyed it immensely.
  3. As kids, he and his brothers would play cricket at a local cricket club 6 days a week except on Sundays, which his parents felt was a sacred day.
  4. Vivian described his dad as the enforcer and his mom as the pacifier.
  5. At the age of 19, after he dropped out of school, Vivan moved to England, United Kingdom. The 1st thing he noticed was how “chilly” it was compared to the warm climate of Antigua and Barbuda.
  6. Between 1984 and 1991, while he was a captain of the West Indies cricket team, Vivian never lost a Test series.
  7. In 1994, for his services to cricket, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and awarded the right to carry the title of “Sir” in front of his name.
  8. When comparing batsmen, Vivian prefers Sachin Tendulkar over Brian Lara. He even stopped Sachin from retiring after India lost in the 2007 World Cup. He came to Vivian very upset and was ready to quit but he luckily convinced him not to.
  9. Vivian stated that the toughest bowler he had faced was the legendary former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.
  10. Unlike one of his greatest rivals, cricketer Imran Khan, who went on to become a Prime Minister of Pakistan, Vivian is not interested in becoming a politician.

Featured Image by balhead / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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